In full combustion, Rome receives Porto. A crossing designated as the least glamor it gives off and less awake expectation of the eighth finals of the Champions League. Everything is questioned in the Roman club. The figure of Monchi, sporting director, is at the target of the tifosiand by extension the technician, Di Francesco. The couple is blamed for the sixth place they occupy in the table, although only one point behind the fourth place in the Champions League, and the humiliation by 7-1 against Fiorentina in the quarterfinals of the Cup. Di Francesco He hopes that the competition that elevated him last season after reaching the semifinals, taking Barcelona ahead in the quarterfinals, revitalizes the hard core of the squad. Kolarov, Manolas and Dzeko, heroes less than a year ago, are also under suspicion. The same as Nzonzi, Pastore and Justin Kluivert, the star signings of the course. None has surrendered to the expected level. "The road is long, but this is a good opportunity to make a great game and excite the environment. In Champions we have to be ambitious, "Di Francesco warns.
Opposite, Oporto de Casillas, Pepe and Óliver Torres, is presented in Rome as the leader of their championship and that team label always uncomfortable when competing in Europe. The return of Pepe has displaced the right side to Militao, which had become one of the most desirable centers of the market. Sergio Conceiçao will not be able to count on Marega, the Malian winger who had broken as a scorer, nor with Corona, who occupies the right wing of the attack. The Brazilian Tiquino Soares (14 goals in all competitions), will be the reference in attack of the Portuguese champion.